Apple TV Is Well Executed

Yes, I bought an Apple TV the day it was announced. It's installed and operational. The packaging is consistent with Apple's nice design, set-up is simple, menu and navigation straight-forward, and viewing/listening is a great experience. Watching 320×240 formatted video on a large-screen, HDTV set is surprisingly satisfying. There is a lot of syncing to do, via ethernet cable and/or Airport wireless connection. In fact, I just ordered an Airport extreme for wireless access to the AppleTV, but I wired via ethernet for the moment. I can synch any of the video, audio, or photo content stored within the Apple applications iTunes and iPhoto. The default is not to sync it all, so I changed the setting to all in the preferences. So far, I've tried out music, music video, television show, and movie content. After all the content is synced, I'll blog again.


 USC/Annenberg Study Confirms Value of Layout to Memory and Reading Speed of Articles

BODY: "Eyetracking points the way to effective news article design" is a story in the Online Journalism Review of the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC.

Featured finding #1: Rewrite + reformat = remember Writing (or rewriting) a story to meet an ideal format (may require reformatting) improved the reader's reading speed and retention of the information.

Featured finding #2: Precise and relevant editing = successful design

Featured finding #3: Photos edited for relevance = photos viewed An interesting aspect of this last finding is that male viewers focused on the private anatomy in an image of an animal. In other words, men stare at the crotch.

The article has a graphical presentation with fine examples that makes all these points clear.
URL: http://www.ojr.org/ojr/stories/070312ruel/


 Performance Implications of Whole Disk Encryption

Recently, the InfoWarrior list sent me a notice of Seagate announcing a hard disk that offers full-time, whole disk encryption.  For the right need, this seems a solid product that will perform better than software encryption. Here (2nd URL) is another article on that device.

I've always been concerned with rapid response time, so the current rush to encryption may cause it to be overused, with negative performance implications for most users.

This (3rd URL) article is solid in covering encryption and notes well the performance hit.
So much personal information has been carelessly lost and stored on laptops against company or government policy that it is beyond my comprehension that managements, regulators, and lawmakers have not taken effective action.

Then I find an article entitled "Laptop Encryption: Compliance without sacrificing performance, now that’s magic!" that is without merit.

This wasn't supposed to be about breaches of personal privacy and information loss, but here is the one that should scare anyone, Attrition.org Data Loss Archive and Database (DLDOS) at http://attrition.org/dataloss/
URL: http://news.com.com/Seagate+ships+hard+drives+with+encryption/2100-1029_3-61 66180.html
URL: http://www.crn.com/it-channel/196513300
URL: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid5_gci1173496,00.html
URL: http://attrition.org/dataloss/